As you may or may not be aware, I work full time in a pretty hectic role in an advertising agency. I also study law part time by distance and try to maintain a healthy social life. Needless to say, life can be pretty crazy at times. Work is work and life is, well, law. I’m probably being a little melodramatic, but I’ve been struck down by a mystery illness that I’ve been fighting off for a solid week now. I’ve got a sore throat, very swollen glands, muscle aches and pains – the works. Today I decided that enough was enough, and took myself off to the lovely local GP, who promptly wrote me a script for anti-biotics should I not be feeling better by Wednesday, and wrote a certificate for two days off work to rest and recuperate.
As the title indicates, I’ve been pondering work/life balance lately. Sometimes, like at the moment, I overbalance. I sat a very difficult law exam a couple of weeks ago, have been working like the proverbial dog and still cramming in a social life (more on that soon). For weeks, I did nothing but work and study, study and work. And exercise. Have to exercise to maintain my sanity. Weekends were spent catching up on lectures and readings and furiously creating notes for my exam.
Throw in one crazy big (but incredibly fun) night at a black tie ball, and I fell apart.
I got to last week, after my exam, and was absolutely drained. Work was impossible, let alone smashing out a few cheeky kilometres after work, or opening a law text book. I have been grumpy and miserable. My wonderful Mum visited this weekend, and took me to a performance of the musical ‘South Pacific’ at the Sydney Opera House, and I could barely keep my eyes open for the second act – at 9 pm on a Saturday night. I needed to listen to my body and take time out.Is this not the perfect bedroom for relaxing? I so wish this space was mine with that perfect bay window.
The lesson? We’re not machines. We need to relax, refresh, recharge. I’m an introvert, I recharge by spending time alone, reading, writing, sleeping, cooking. So excuse me, while I do exactly that.